The island’s GPs will not be in their surgeries on Wednesday afternoon next week while they attend a training session.
GP surgeries will still deal with simple queries, book routine appointments, and deal with requests for repeat prescriptions. Practice nurses will also be available.
The Department of Health has provided GP cover for any urgent problems which cannot wait until the next day. Patients should contact their own surgery, but may be phoned back by a GP from another area. Urgent appointments and home visits will still be available but in the event of a life-threatening illness it is recommended that the emergency services are contacted by dialling 999.
Dr Alex Allinson, chair GP subcommittee, said: ‘We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this meeting, but trust that patients recognise the need for GP training and development of services.’